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Basta pasta

Posted by Courtney Hollands  November 12, 2009 10:35 AM

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Pasta, the innocuous comfort food we all love so, has inspired two cutthroat competitions this Sunday: the Ravioli Rumble at dante and the Mac & Cheeze Takedown at Great Scott.

The rumble kicks off at 1 p.m. and the takedown starts at 2:30 p.m. The former's in Cambridge, the latter is in Allston, aka the other side of the world. What's a carbohydrate fiend to do?

Here are the facts to aid your delicious, albeit difficult, decision:

Twenty locals will dish up their most creative mac & cheese recipes at Great Scott; taste all the concoctions for $10 and vote on your favorite (no Kraft here, folks). Sign up to compete in the cookoff — you could win a 6-month membership to the Mac of the Month Club from Good Tastes Kitchen in Newburyport (!!).

Across town at the Ravioli Rumble on dante's riverfront patio, Dante de Magistris has invited his chef friends — including Anthony Caturano from Prezza, Jamie Bissonnette from Toro, and Will Gilson from Garden at the Cellar — to come armed with gourmet pasta pockets filled with everything from butternut squash to pork belly. (We are currently drooling.) Tickets are $20 and reservations are required.

We'll be in New York this weekend sipping beers at Brooklyn Brewery and shopping up a storm. At least we know Bostonians will be well-fed while we're away. Mangia!

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